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Don’t panic! How to conduct home learning

These are uncertain times. No one has any idea how long self isolating and social distancing will be necessary. Some say weeks, others months. The important thing to note is that we need to encourage home learning, not begin home schooling. We should be supporting our children with their learning, not trying to teach them. […]

Oops, I joined the PTA!

School politics are a tricky business from the moment you start sizing people up on the playground at the start of Year R. I am sorry to admit that I am quite judgmental even though I try not to be, and have always considered the PTA to be saintly do-gooders, super mums who take everything […]

A crime to refuse vaccinations?

In the 1980s, author Roald Dahl reflected on the death of his daughter Olivia twenty years earlier. The open letter is quite devastating but the line that remains in my mind is : ‘It really is almost a crime to allow your child to go unimmunised’. It got me thinking: should we make it a […]

To the girl crying in the exam…

To the girl crying in the exam, Don’t: it isn’t worth it. It is an exam. It doesn’t judge what kind of person you are or how special your life is. The question may seem daunting but remember, everyone starts at 0. You can only gain marks, not lose them. Write about what you know. […]

Primary SATs: the good, the bad and the ugly

The papers have arrived, the teachers are stressed. The kids probably don’t have much clue of the pressure the school is under to ‘perform’ acceptably, nor that their results will be published nationally and their school judged accordingly. This week, Key Stage 2 children, aged 10-11 will be taking their tests. Key Stage 1 children […]